• Things to make or read

    Over time, I will add resources to this website that will help you explore the night sky. And if you are a teacher, you will find the resources helpful in your teaching of some sections of the Australian Curriculum: Science Earth & Space Sciences component. Amazing Space! Student Newsletter Download a free ‘Amazing […]

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  • Customised Astronomy & Satellite Viewing Information For Your Location

    Introduction Heavens-Above.com provides free customised information for your location including whole sky star charts, predictions for the visibility of the International Space Station and other satellites (including Iridium flares). Bookmarks for all capital cities are provided below. If you are located elsewhere, you can customise one of the below links to your location. […]

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  • Astronomy Education Resources

    Given that we are so time poor, I have added a couple of pages listing resources on this site according to where they ‘fit’ in the Australian Curriculum (Science). Keep in mind that a number of the activities can be modified for use at different year levels. If you are running a lunchtime science club, I […]

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What time is the Supermoon closest to the Earth tonight?

Send to Kindle(Posted 14 November 2016) Want ‘bragging rights’ about having a photo of the ‘largest’ Full Moon since 1948? You had better make sure you know when the Moon is closest to the Earth tonight. Get that wrong and you will have to wait until November 2034 to take the picture. With thanks to my […]

2016 Supermoon and 1948 Supermoon comparison

Send to Kindle(Posted 9 November 2016) For a comparison between the 2016 Supermoon and 1948 Supermoon (with an Australian perspective), refer to the below image. References: Moon phase times: https://www.fourmilab.ch/earthview/pacalc.html Conversion calculator – degrees, minutes, seconds to decimal degrees: https://data.aad.gov.au/aadc/calc/dms_decimal.cfm Closest supermoon since 1948! article: http://earthsky.org/?p=245367 November 14th’s Super-Close Full Moon media release: http://www.skyandtelescope.com/press-releases/november-14-super-close-full-moon/

Look for Mercury, Venus, Jupiter and the Moon in evening twilight tonight

Send to Kindle(Posted 4 September 2016) Don’t panic if you didn’t miss last month’s close encounter between Venus and Jupiter, don’t panic. Firstly, you can ‘just’ still see Mercury and Jupiter in the evening twilight below Venus and the crescent Moon. You will need a clear sky and low horizon tonight. Binoculars are highly recommended […]

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RT @ArmaghPlanet: BBC News – Saturn mission approa…

RT @ArmaghPlanet: BBC News – Saturn mission approaches tour finale bbc.co.uk/news/science-e…

RT @airandspace: TDIH 1943: Navy Martin Mars flyin…

RT @airandspace: TDIH 1943: Navy Martin Mars flying boat made 1st operational nonstop flight MD to Brazil. This pic shows one with a… twitter.com/i/web/status/8…

Every registrant can bring two students to listen…

Every registrant can bring two students to listen to Dr Lisa Harvey-Smiths keynote presentation and meet her at morning tea.

Education Blog Posts

2020 Jupiter Saturn Planetary Conjunction poster

In December 2020, the planets Jupiter and Saturn will appear to almost merge as one to the unaided eye. The planets have not been this close since July 1623*. Owners of small telescopes will be able to view both Jupiter and Saturn simultaneously in the same eyepiece view. Don’t miss this ‘once in a […]

Measuring the sky ‘Cross staff angle measurer’

How do you measure where objects are in the night sky? To do this, astronomers possibly two thousand years ago adopted the degree as their unit of measurement. No one is sure which country the degree originated from or even why. Regardless of that, astronomers (and mathematicians) all agree that a complete rotation […]

(Free) On-line ‘Earth & Space Science’ P.D. opportunity 27 February 2016

Send to Kindle(Posted 19 January 2016) I am looking for 9 teachers interesting in taking part in a free online Australian Curriculum (Science) workshop titled ‘Exploring my Universe Collecting data first hand in 2016’. I am running the workshop to see how practical it is to offer Australia wide training using Google Hangout as the communication […]

My Astronomy Blog

What time is the Supermoon closest to the Earth tonight?

Send to Kindle(Posted 14 November 2016) Want ‘bragging rights’ about having a photo of the ‘largest’ Full Moon since 1948? You had better make sure you know when the Moon is closest to the Earth tonight. Get that wrong and you will have to wait until November 2034 to take the picture. With thanks to my […]

2016 Supermoon and 1948 Supermoon comparison

Send to Kindle(Posted 9 November 2016) For a comparison between the 2016 Supermoon and 1948 Supermoon (with an Australian perspective), refer to the below image. References: Moon phase times: https://www.fourmilab.ch/earthview/pacalc.html Conversion calculator – degrees, minutes, seconds to decimal degrees: https://data.aad.gov.au/aadc/calc/dms_decimal.cfm Closest supermoon since 1948! article: http://earthsky.org/?p=245367 November 14th’s Super-Close Full Moon media release: http://www.skyandtelescope.com/press-releases/november-14-super-close-full-moon/

(Photo) Tiangong 2 Chinese Space Station passes over Canberra, Australia during evening twilight tonight

Send to Kindle(Posted 17 October 2016) Thanks to Heavens-Above.com’s prediction service, I managed to image China’s Tiangong 2 space station passing over Canberra tonight. The relatively small size of the station and the brightness of evening twilight means that the station was difficult to locate. The station will be easier to spot once it becomes […]

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